The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees will do their part in a nation-wide fundraising effort spanning all 43 CIS women’s basketball programs by hosting a Shoot for the Cure night to raise money for the fight against breast cancer at Friday’s home game against Laurentian.
Proceeds from all ticket sales to the basketball doubleheader on Friday will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and fans can also support the cause by purchasing the Foundation’s pink mittens which will be on sale for $12. To truly shoot for the cure, fans can buy raffle tickets for the chance to be selected to take a half-court shot for a chance to win a $250 Via Rail gift certificate.
This will mark the third year in a row that the Gee-Gees have participated in the campaign while hosting Laurentian in memory of Carolyn Swords, a friend of the Gee-Gees women’s basketball program and standout with the Lady Vees in the early 1990s.
Shoot for the Cure has proven an overwhelming success in its first four years with close to $400,000 in donations to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and other related cancer charities raised across the CIS.
At the 2011 CIS championship last March in Windsor, the CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association presented a cheque for $104,763 to the Foundation, surpassing the $94,650 collected in 2009-10 and the amounts from the 2008-09 ($81,512) and 2007-08 ($50,320) seasons. In addition to these impressive totals, $59,896 was amassed over the past three years by schools that elected to donate their fundraised money to local cancer organizations.